For College Staff
Proposed at Albany
Dr. Colligan Sponsors Measure
In State Legislature
Dr. Eugene A.
Colligan, president of Hunter College, is sponsoring the introduction
of a measure in the Legislature at Albany to make teaching positions on
city college staffs permanent, according to an article appearing in the
introduced by Senator Feld and Assemblyman McGrath, and known as the
Colligan Bill, would apply the appointment and tenure provisions of the
education law governing the Board of Education, to the Board of Higher
Although the Bill
has received no open opposition at Albany. several members of the
college staffs disapprove of it as a violation of civil service
principles. They specify one clause in the bill which does not require
appointments from eligible lists or by competitive examinations. All
appointments will be made on the recommendation of the college
presidents without any merit requirements.
Critics of the bill
point out that this would enable a college president to give permanent
positions to political favorites, and would result in a staff of
incompetent teachers, removable only by trial.
legislative representative of the Teachers' Union, stated that he
approved the principle but considered the bill too broad. "I am in full
sympathy with the desire to give tenure rights to the teachers in the
colleges," said Dr. Lefkowitz, "provided a system of merit appointment
is set up. I believe the bill will pass."
Dean Morton A.
Gottschall of City College said that he believed in the establishment
of tenure for college teachers, but said that, "Holding examinations
and eligible lists and all that paraphernalia for the appointment of
one man would be altogether cumbersome"
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May 20, 2004